Why a Global Land Outlook?

The loss in both the quality and quantity of healthy and productive land resources is an immediate global concern, especially in developing countries and those with a high proportion of fragile and vulnerable drylands. As a symbol and global champion of such concerns, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) recognizes that halting and reversing land degradation is one of the key sustainable development priorities for most of the 168 affected country Parties.

In response to this global challenge, the UNCCD secretariat and its partners identified the need to create a strategic communications publication and platform, entitled the Global Land Outlook, in order to facilitate insightful debate and discourse on a new and transformative vision for land management policies, planning and practices at global and national scales.

The 1st edition of the Global Land Outlook (GLO), to be published in 2017 in both print and digital formats, is being generously supported by the European Commission, the Governments of Korea, Italy and Switzerland, and the United Nations Development Program. A GLO Steering Committee, composed primarily of representatives from the partner organizations listed below, was established in July 2015 to guide the development of the 1st edition.


Land Degradation Neutral World

SDG 15: Life on Land. On 25 September 2015, 193 countries came together in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. SDG 15 calls for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of land-based ecosystems. In doing so target 15.3 specifically aims to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World by the year 2030.